>From CART Media Relations Alex Zanardi, who used an incredible last-lap pass to win the final PPG CART World Series event of 1996 here last September, was the fastest of 14 drivers who participated in Saturday's CART open test session...
>From CART Media Relations
Alex Zanardi, who used an incredible last-lap pass to win the final PPG CART World Series event of 1996 here last September, was the fastest of 14 drivers who participated in Saturday's CART open test session at Laguna Seca Raceway.
Zanardi rounded the 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course at 117.740 mph (68.429 seconds) in his Target Reynard Honda. Paul Tracy was second-fastest in a Penske Mercedes-Benz at 115.979 mph (69.468 seconds) while Zanardi teammate Jimmy Vasser was third-quickest at 115.604 mph (69.693 seconds) in his Target Reynard Honda
Fewer than four miles per hour separated the top-10 race cars attending the two-day session.
Zanardi won the pole for last September's Toyota Grand Prix of Monterey at Laguna Seca with a lap of 118.475 mph (68.004 seconds).
Testing continues on Sunday, February 16.
PPG CART World Series Laguna Seca Open Test -- Saturday Practice Times:
1. Alex Zanardi, Target Reynard-Honda HRR, 117.740 mph (68.429 seconds). 2. Paul Tracy, Marlboro Penske-Mercedes, 115.979 mph (69.468). 3. Jimmy Vasser, Target Reynard-Honda HRR, 115.604 mph (69.693). 4. Richie Hearn, Ralph's/Food4Less Lola-Ford Cosworth XD, 115.400 mph (69.816). 5. Mark Blundell, Motorola Reynard-Mercedes-Benz, 114.931 mph (70.101). 6. Andre Ribeiro, LCI Lola-Honda HRR, 114.448 mph (70.397). 7. Bobby Rahal, Miller Lite Reynard-Ford Cosworth XD, 114.430 mph (70.408). 8. Mauricio Gugelmin, Hollywood Reynard-Mercedes, 114.297 mph (70.490). 9. Gil de Ferran, Valvoline/Cummins Reynard-Honda HRR, 114.182 mph (70.561). 10. Al Unser, Jr., Marlboro Penske-Mercedes, 113.736 mph (70.838). 11. Adrian Fernandez, Tecate/Quaker State Lola-Honda HRR, 113.168 mph (71.193). 12. Bryan Herta, Shell Reynard-Ford Cosworth XD, 113.018 mph (71.288). 13. Patrick Carpentier, Alumax Reynard-Mercedes, 112.547 mph (71.586). 14. Max Papis, MCI Reynard-Toyota, 109.058 mph (73.876).